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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager BeerBell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager

Literally born in a dream: Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery, dreamt that he was at the mystically hidden retreat of Quinannan Falls, somewhere in the boreal north.

Neither Quinannan Falls nor the beer actually existed outside his imagination, but he remembered enough about it to sketch a recipe and label, which was put into full form by Michigan artist Kathleen Kalinowski, the following morning.

The end result is a dry-hopped lager that possesses a crisp, dry bitterness you would expect from a German pilsner, but the use of highly aromatic Simcoe hops from the Pacific Northwest, evoke the fragrant pine forests that inspired this beer.

Added by zoso1967 on 06-07-2010

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Reviews:
152
Ratings:
539
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visit down to dfclav's for a nice tasting. Started the night at Blue Dog Tavern and got one of these.

Creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with sticky lacing, crystal clear golden pils color.

Nose light sweet pilsner malt aromas, touch fruity and light lager crispness, hint of floral hops.

Taste is light and crisp, light pilsner malts, crisp lager flavor with hints of lager fruits, nice hoppy kick, semi bitter with floral and light spicy hop flavor, slight creamy malt. Finishes dry and crisp, clean with a spicy hop kick and long bitter earthy spicy hop.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, clean crisp lager with nice hop profile, but nothing super special. very drinkable and crisp clean finish, I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz 2016 can.
Pours with a slightly hazy, pale golden body topped by a generous, frothy white head tha has excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Aroma: robust and complex for style, with lemony, grassy and herbal aspects.
Flavor: hop profile largely follows the aroma but this is also nicely bready, more piney. and less lemony. Well-balanced. Bold for style, yet not aggressive.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with an inch or so of light, airy, white foam. Scant lacing.

Smell: Straw-like, pils malt with a progressing of restrained hop notes, smelling of flowers, faintly resinous pine sap, and pithy citrus.

Taste: Light, softly bready pilsner malts, minimally sweet. Piney, floral hops with some grapefruit pith. Medium-light bitterness. Touches of the florals and pith, though light, do remain beyond the drying finish with just a kiss of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Certainly worth a go and makes for a nice, refreshing beer during the summertime.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate lemon yellow highlights. The beer has two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy + floral hops over the top of light aromas of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy + bready malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of lager yeast and light flavors of grassy + floral hops. The hops contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness to the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Enough hop flavors + aromas to make this lager a little more interesting than some of the others in the style and a crisp + dry mouthfeel makes it very refreshing. Easy to drink and enjoyable, great for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Grassy, some cereal/grain notes. Pear & apple notes late & perfumey hops as well

T: Follows the nose, pear skin, dryness & a little aspirin & pine up front. Malty sweetness as this warms, grassy & slight tangerine peel as well. Finishes crisp, with flinty bitterness & faint grainy bitterness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

Super poundability, crisp with just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. I imagine they wil sell a lot of this this Summer

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Poured into a becher glass.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of light fruit, citrus hops, pale malts, bready malts, and floral hops. Nice citrus and fruit, pretty nice here.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral notes, fruity malts, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, and light wheat. Again, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking lager. Some nice citrus and floral hops, and super easy to drink. If they sold this in 6 packs I would definitely buy it and would be able to drink a few of these. Looking forward to having again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A big, huge "Thank You!" to Larry Bell & his circus for listening to the impassioned pleas of The CANQuest (tm) & putting this beer into an extruded aluminum cylinder just in time for the summer! I love yinz guys!

From the CAN: "

I Crack!ed this beauty open and I did not hesitate to CANduct an inverted Glug. Man, the head came roaring up & I had no choice but to back off and down. It puffed itself into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. That gave me time to CANtemplate the coming week, last week's damage, last night's damage, the RNC & other weighty ideas. It finally sat back down like a naughty school child chastised by its teacher. Speaking of which, on Wednesday, my newest supervisor, Melly Mel, told me to "Wrap up whatever shenanigans & mischief you are up to, gather all of your paraphernalia & meet me at my desk in five minutes!" Ha ha. I was engaged in hijinx, so the joke's on her. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled of freshly mown grass, oven-baked biscuits and blue skies above, outdoors on a hot, humid summer's day. Hey, that was today! It smelled like today! Mmmm. Finish was dry and refreshing & if you don't think that it was just the ticket, you are out of your mind! I am packing my cooler full of it and going on CANcation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent, appearing a pale yellow color with a white cap. Nice aroma of citrus, hops, fruit, biscuits, subtle malt. Nice refreshing flavor. Hop forward with abundant citrus notes, exhibiting a lot of pale ale characteristics. Lingering bitter finish. Pretty dry. Overall, a really solid beer. It would be easy to have a few of these in a session.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Bright shiny lemon yellow body, and with nice crystal appearance. Slow streams of steady long carbonation throughout the body. Head is bright bleach white, very bright with a bit of classic soapy retention and solid three fingers. Bowled puck as it settles, almost like a crown. Very nice looking lager here.

Clean muted bread malt tones on the nose. Nice dough like character, a bit of very mild herbal hop presence, and simple clean aroma. Quite neutral and pleasant actually, just very solid.

Real nice palate. A bubbly crispness, but with some nice quality malt sweetness in the mid palate. Hop angle really accentuates with green herbs and spice on a slow lingering aftertaste. Chewy body but with a bit of playful carbonation and giving to popping hop like qualities as well. Comes off like a simple lager, but with a great unexpected hop experience.

A real nice solid and tasty lager with a great mouthfeel to go with it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with PKGD on dating 61616

Pours very light and near clear, nice light and fine film and lacing left on the glass

Grassy hops on the nose

Light and refreshing with some tea notes, as well as lime and light pepper.well hopped but not bitter finish....easy drinking, appraochable and enjoyable brew..would go well with some grilled spicy food....good craft selection to use as a "gateway" brew with newbies

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Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this on-tap a few times at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Puffy two-fingered off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a transparent golden straw color. Looks like most pale lagers, but with better head retention and lacing.

S - It's a hoppy lager - verging on IPL levels. Big notes of tropical fruits, citrus, and herbaceous elements, and minimal malt character that imparts some faint dough character.

T - Again, it's heavy on the tropical fruits, with notes of apricot and peach as well. The malt character is light and graham crackery. Finishes very clean. I was surprised to see this was 6.4% - I was sure it was in the 4-5% range.

M - Medium-light body, very crisp and refreshing, medium-high carbonation. Spot on for the style.

D - This is a superb session lager. Not sure what else you'd want from the style. Wish they sold this stuff in the mini-kegs.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #1 beer on the Top Beers - American Pale Lager list on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. Another #1 put away for me. I'll get there. Served in a pint glass, I had 3 pints of this and if Black note weren't on draft at this location at the same time, that's all I would have drank that night.

Beer is yellow, almost clear, soft white head, small and medium bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some earthy and pine hops, hints of fruit. Nice aroma, hoppy but not over the top.

Beer is medium to light in body, wet finish, mildly bitter on the end, hop bitterness, good hop bouquet in the middle. One of the finer lagers I've had recently, I would buy it by the keg if possible.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the Bell's Cafe on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The clear yellow lager had a white head and light lacing. The hops character reminds me a lot of Surly's Bitter Brewer for the mix of juicy apricot up front and herbal, dry lemon in the finish. There was really no malt character, the hops were the star here and damn, they were tasty. It's dry, hoppy, and drinkable. Give it a try if you can.

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Photo of aasher
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I have to start this off with wow. It pours a BMC like dark straw yellow with no head at all. It look no different than a Bud or Miller Lite. This deception leads to a greater finish. It smells great. It has this Gumballhead mixed with IPA aroma to it. It is very piny, floral, has hoppy bitterness to go with subtle sweetness. The flavor mirrors this. It has the flavor of Gumballhead mixed with an IPA to feature a perfect mix of the two. This is by far the best lager I've ever had. It drinks very light and smooth. The content is very deceptive. It drinks so light and has exceptional flavor that this beer can creep up on you. It is excellent, absolutely phenomenal. Wow. It's disappointing that this may have been my only time to drink it. What a beer!

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the reigning champion of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a clear yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, light hops. Taste is citrus hops, malts, smooth and easy drinking, light bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza for their Bell's Tap Takeover.

Pours a golden pale straw yellow, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells fairly floral and piney, with some "sweaty" yeast aromas.

This ones tastes pretty good, but there is sort of a sweaty sock flavor feel to this one, from the yeast, I'm guessing. Slightly bready, with some pine, floral, and cat pissy flavors. Not all that bitter, doesn't linger.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. There's a medium amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but there seems to be some off flavors here.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into a pint glass. A golden lager with lots of lacing going down the glass. Aroma is hoppy with some bready malt underneath. Flavor is fairly complex, with pine, resin, citrus and honey all wrapped up in the flavor. As the beer warms a small hint of booze surfaces. The pine is there all the way from mid-sip to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is solid. A nice little hoppy lager here.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Quinannan Falls Lager Goes in the glass a very bright yellow blond look with a whisp of bright white up above that fades and leaves no sticks. Looks similar to a BP Yellowtail Pale Ale. A bit of mist making things not so clear. Smell is pretty tame but consists of some pale malt and hop earthiness with small florals. Some bread and that's about it. Taste is down to the point plain and crisp with pale malt galore and some light earth with slight grain and lager essense. It is what it is, simple and to the point. Feel is light as is the body with a light punch of carb with bready aftertaste. I could drink a ton of this but don't see myself forking over the money for one of those 750's, glad I found it on Tap. This would be a good replacement for Bell's standard pale as that needs some re-tooling, but for now maybe sixers in the summer time would be nice.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love these types of beers when they are done well, such as this one. It has the light feel and crispness like a lager should, but just enough of a hop presence to keep it a little more tasty and interesting than a run of the mill light lager. Would definitely drink a six pack of this at a cook out on a hot summer afternoon type of beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a clear pale gold color with a frothy two finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Very nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Grassy floral hop aroma with ale malt and a slight adjunct presence.  Some grass, straw and light fruit with slightly earthy, grassy, saaz like hops.  There's also some pilsner malts apple and pear.  Decent but nothing special about the nose.

Medium bodied wih a crisp hop bite that lingers over the pale malt and sweet fruit notes into a dry finish.  Bitter and dry with grass, straw and subtle pine needle followed by bread, biscuit, apple and pear.  There's also a weird adjunct like metallic graininess that I can't put my finger on which lingers after the finish.  Crisp and refreshing with nice dryness but a weird and unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa glass. Canned 06.16.16. Consumed 09.14.16.

A: Light orange good clarity reveals a strong sense of micro-effervesce within. A bright white head tops things off at 0.5 inches, with a frothy texture and was well lasting. Nice full band lacing.

S: Forrest like aroma, fresh pine trees, evergreens, leaves, hay and dried grains. Some dried orange peel, and dried lemon peel.

T: Dried pine, hoppy, nicely bitter with some dried orange peel and lemon. Hay, dry flowery bitterness on the trail. Some citrusy pine.

M: Crisp, sharp and tingly. Lager like, very good to style, turns creamy and frothy on the hold.

O: A nice addition of hops, dry, crisp lager grain like backing with the rate amount of balance. Lingering dry bitterness finish. Could drink multiples of this. Earthy, almost fall like, ocktoberfest feel. Giving lagers respect. Outstanding try per style.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tuilip. Bottle #132 of 378. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a pale yellow color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A fruity white grape and smooth earthy grains. Some subtle woody pine.

(T)- A primarily grainy profile with some dry neutral-like honey malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Crisp and refreshing; smooth.

(D)- Nothing extraordinary, but very easy to drink and enjoy. Would make a great summer beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

draft at sams quik shop in durham

pale yellow color with a perfect head. smell of citrus, pear, yeast, hops. taste is extremely refreshing but also flavorful with pear dominating as well as a perfect hop finish on the back end that gives you just enough bitterness but leaves you satisfied and wanting to drink more immediately. Perfect lager right here. light body, even at 6+% ABV. just great.

overall Bells was on the money here, its too bad this isnt available more often because it flat out rocks.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant straw with a lingering frothy white head.

Light notes of fruit and grain are balanced by a soft sweetness. There's a hint of resin.

Flavor is oniony at the base, fairly bitter at the finish, resiny, with a modest crackery malt backbone. Soft grapefruit and citrus pith add complexity. The balance is bitter.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and some harsh hop astringency.

More bitter than I prefer, but the soft citrus is nice.

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